The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2017

CPSC  Director's Friday Message

July 21, 2017

Professor Filipa Lowndes Vicente

An Interview with Professor Filipa Lowndes Vicente

The interview with Professor Filipa Lowndes Vicente from the prestigious Institute for Social Science at the University of Lisbon has been a tremendous success on our Facebook page. Prof. Vicente was interviewed by another historian, Prof. Timothy Dale Walker (member of our Executive Board). We recorded the interview last month in MP3 format under the title "Thinking from Portuguese and British Colonial India: Nineteenth-Century Intellectual, Material and Visual History" in a professional-quality soundproof room at the Claire T. Carney Library, in a planned effort to make the dissemination of knowledge reach the diverse communities of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond. You will find more information about this interview
here, including the downloadable MP3 file with the interview itself. All constructive criticism and suggestions about this connection between the UMassD CPSC and our global readers and listeners are extremely welcome.


Anna M. Klobucka

Of Meals and Men: Food, Masculinities and Social Change in the Literature of the Lusophone Transatlantic

On Friday, August 4th, the Department of Portuguese, with the support of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, is pleased to announce Serena Rivera's upcoming doctoral dissertation defense--Of Meals and Men: Food, Masculinities and Social Change in the Literature of the Lusophone Transatlantic. Her advisor is Anna M. Klobucka (Portuguese) and committee members are Dário Borim, Jr. (Portuguese) and Isabel Fêo Rodrigues (Anthropology). The defense is open to the public.

Friday, August 4, 2017
2-4 pm
Board of Trustees Room, Foster Administration Building

Abstract: This dissertation is a comparative, transtemporal, food-centered exploration of the intersections among food tropes, masculinity, and the construction of national identity in the Lusophone Transatlantic by way of three foundational literary texts: Alusio Azevedos O Cortio (1890, Brazil), Baltasar Lopes's Chiquinho (1947, Cape Verde), and Paulina Chiziane's Niketche: Uma histria de poligamia (2002, Mozambique). Through close readings of these novels, the study highlights the ways in which authors employ food tropes (such as eating, not eating, food procurement and preparation, coping with food scarcity, etc.) entwined with performances of masculinity as a means to expose the nuances of the intense social, economic and political changes occurring in the historical contexts in which the narratives take place. Through the lenses of literary criticism and cultural anthropology, this work aims to depart from the normative Lusotropicalist narrative of national identity construction, which emphasizes the female body and sexual relations, and instead illuminates the role of food and male self-identity in the construction of the nation. In so doing, the study argues that the intersections of literary food tropes and performances of masculinity provide an alternate narrative to Gilberto Freyre's Lusotropicalist vision of national identity construction. By emphasizing male characters with anxious appetites, Azevedo, Lopes and Chiziane, in their respective works, call for a reimagining of national identity where the power of food is equitably divided.


After the November 11, 2016 election of a new CPSC leadership, the two key developments have been the approval of the Center's revised bylaws and the announcement of the CPSC Advisory Council. 

Grateful for your understanding and support,

Victor K. Mendes
Director, Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture (CPSC)
Director, PhD in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory (LABST)